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myanmar have been warned to stay away from buildings damaged by this weekend's powerful earthqua earthquake. dhra dhirakaosal in bangkok has more details. >>> at least 11 people are confirmed dead after the quake struck central myanmar on sunday. people have been forced to seek shelter as rescue workers struggle to reach those in need. residents of mandalay are living in makeshift shelters and tents. many people said they were too afraid to go back home. >> we're still afraid of earthquakes and can't even eat. we're staying in the field to be ready if another earthquake strikes. >> the magnitude 6.2 tremor was centered around 110 kilometers north of mandalay. hundreds of homes and buildings rr damaged or destroyed. the u.s. geological society reported a 5.8 magnitude aftershock later sunday. reuters says at least 11 people died, but that figure is likely to rise. several workers remain unaccounted for following the collapse of an unfinished bridge over the river. >>> the shooting of a teenage girl in pakistan for defending women's rights to education has shocked the world. the pa
japan to keep china in check. >>> moves towards democracy in myanmar have created new challenges for people who work along its borders. many ethnic minorities have fled persecution. they found their way across the border into thailand. aid workers say they have been overwhelmed. our chamra man visited a clinic for refugees and filed this report. >> this town of mae sot is located near the western border. refugees account for almost half of the town's population. this clinic on the edge of town is supported by ngos. it provides medical subsidies to refugees and immigrants from myanmar. the first visit costs just a dollar. they get to see a doctor and receive free medication. >> translator: i don't have much money. so i can't afford other hospitals. >> she was forced to flee myanmar for protesting against the persecution of ethnic minorities. she established the clinic 33 years ago to assist other refugees. the clinic employs some 600 medical workers including nurses, physicians, and gynecologists. they also take care of a rising number of patients who come across the border lookin
, myanmar, and cambodia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election earlier this month. myanmar is the destination that's making some observers unhappen pip. human rights say it's just too soon and the country's small steps towards democracy don't yet deserve a visit from the president of the united states. obama's national security adviser tom donilon defended the trip. he says it will advance the cause of reform in myanmar. >> the president's visit this time reflects his conviction that engagement is the best way to encourage burmese authorities to further action. >> human rights groups oppose the visit. they say the former pariah state has not achieved true democratic reform and ethnic minorities continue to face persecution. obama will meet his counterpart thein sein. donilon stressed obama will raise the issue of violence with myanmar's leaders. a week of violence last month claimed about 90 lives according to the official account. more than 100,000 people have been displaced. the white house says the improving u.s. relationship with myanmar is an example hostile nations co
. >>> president obama will visit thailand, myanmar, and cambodia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election earlier this month. now, myanmar is the destination that's making some observers unhappy. human rights groups say it's just too soon and the country's small steps towards democracy don't yet deserve a visit from the president of the united states. obama's national security adviser, tom donilon, defended the trip. he says it will advance the cause of reform in myanmar. >> the president's visit this time reflects his conviction that engagement is the best way to encourage burmese authorities to further action. >> human rights groups oppose the visit. they say the former pariah state has not achieved true democratic reform and ethnic minorities continue to face persecution. obama will meet his counterpart thein sein. donilon stressed obama will raise the issue of violence with against muslim rohina with myanmar's leaders. a week of violence last month claimed about 90 lives according to the official account. more than 100,000 people have been displaced. the white house says the
. >>> overseas, president obama is making history today becoming the first commander in chief visiting myanmar. for decades, it was ruled by a military hunta, but as chuck todd reports, the president met with the new prime minister and long time democracy activist. >> reporter: the president wrapped up an historic visits here. 20 hours on the ground in myanmar. the first president to visit this president. he is now in cambodia. he was here and greeted by throngs of people. the president used his time here to try to motivate the current president to continue the reforms. he was sure to spotlight aung san suu kyi. he visited her house and this house is where she was under house arrest for years. the two of them made brief remarks and the president was off to yanggong university. he talked about why it was time for a u.s. president to visit myanmar. to open the door of joining myanmar community. he presented challenges for myanmar. he used stories of the american story and evolution of american democracy as evolution. >> the road ahead is marked by huge challenges. there will be those who resist
. >>> police in myanmar have used force to break up a protest against a copper mine with links to china. patchari raksawong in bangkok has the story. >>> at least 70 people were injured when police broke up the demonstration. the protesters say the copper mine is damaging the environment. myanmar's decision to use force is likely to cause alarm among western nations who have praised its democratic reforms. and so why did the government pretsz ahead with the crackdown? well, nhk world's jun kobayashi reports from yangon. >> reporter: the crowd included local buddhist monks. the demonstrators demanded a halt to mining operations in central myanmar. local officials say at least 70 people were injured. the protests began in mid-november. local residents say they were forced from their homes. they say the mine is polluting the environment. president thein sein stressed the crackdown. he issued a statement saying the protest were broken up according to the law. the largest opposition leader aung san suu kyi went to the site on thursday night. she called on both sides to seek settlement. >> tr
arriving in myanmar, air force 1. the doors will open and the president will get off the airplane and walk down the tarmac to meet with leaders there. president barack obama in myanmar as part of his three-day trip to asia. again, these pictures are just coming in. first time a sitting u.s. president visited the pacific rim. long ruled by a repressive military regime. and you can better believe there's a bit of controversy with this one. cnn's dan loathian traveling with the president. joining us now. so dan, how is the president responding to criticism over this visit? >> reporter: well, you know, obviously the president pushing back on this criticism saying that, you know, if you were to wait around for this country to have a perfect democracy, you might end up waiting a long time. so to that end, the president will be arriving here and as you pointed out and will be meeting with two important figures in this country on this long road to democracy. first of all, the newly elected president and the nobel prize winning opposition leader who was free from house arrest to run for parliament.
unchanged after his re-election. his visit to myanmar was criticized by some observers. they say it was premature. obama went ahead anyway, a signal of his desire to increase u.s. influence in southeast asia and keep china's ambitions in check. nhk world's matthew field reports. >> reporter: obama's visit to myanmar was the first to the country by a sitting u.s. president. people waving american flags lined the streets of yangon to welcome him. the trip was full of symbolism. obama met opposition party leader aung san suu kyi at the home where she spent years under house arrest a. obama praised aung san suu kyi's achievements and her efforts toward democracy. he promised that the u.s. would continue to support myanmar. and he gave a lecture at yangon university, a former stronghold of pro-democracy activists. he used the occasion to pressure the government to continue on the path of reform. >> and we recognize no two nations achieve these rights in exactly the same way, but there is no question that your count will be stronger if it draws on the strength of all of its people. tha
conditions are notoriously bad and safety laws are weak. >>> refugees from myanmar continue to populate areas across the border in thailand. many are ethnic minorities who fled prosecution. for years, aid organizations have offered support such as medical clinics. but the democratization taking place across the border has created new challenges for care providers. nhk world has visited a clinic for refugees and filed this report. >> reporter: the town of mae sot is located near thailand's western border. refugees from myanmar are said to account for almost half of the town's population. this clinic on the edge of town provides medical supplies to refugees and imgrants from myanmar. the first visit costs just a dollar. they get to see a doctor and receive free medication. >> translator: i don't have much money, so i can't afford other hospitals. >> reporter: she was forced to flee myanmar for protesting against the prosecution of ethnic minorities. she established the clinic 33 years ago to assist other refugees. the clinic employs some 600 medical workers, including nurses, physicians, and gy
largest economy. stay with us. i'm james tengan in beijing. >>> . >> reporter: myanmar's opposition leader is visiting india for the first time in 40 years. talks with the indian prime minister who has offered his backing to the democratization process under way in myanmar. this visit has special significance because india is a neighbor of myanmar and its economy is booming. it's also an emotional return to a country where she lived in the 1960s when her mother was ambassador. the nobel laureate has made several trips to india, europe and the united states. the visit to myanmar in may was the first by an incumbent prime minister of india in 25 years. india has lagged behind china when it comes to forging ties with myanmar, but. afghanistan produces more than 80% of opium circulated around the world but trade in the truck threatens to destabilize the entire region. politicians from several nations have been meeting in the pakistani capital in islamabad. >> cabinet nebs in 11 nearby countries attended the conference that ended on tuesday. opium used in afghanistan is smuggled into pakistan a
. it is a historic day for president obama and for the people of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. the president was only here on the ground for 12 hours, the first american president to visit myanmar, the country formerly known as burma. he was greeted by a sea of locals. some of it was spontaneous, some very organized. school-aged children in school uniforms waved the american flag and the myanmar flag. the president met with the official leadership here, played tourist, visiting a famous buddhist attraction here, a 2,000-year-old temple. he also went to aung san suu kyi's house, democracy activist who was under house arrest here in this country for years. the president went to her house, had a few words with her. but the centerpiece of his visit was a
's goal. >>> here's more of the latest market figures. >>> the japanese government will be helping myanmar to improve its transportation infrastructure. it wants to support japanese firms that are planning to break into myanmar's rapidly growing market. japanese transport minister and his myanmar counterpart will be signing a memorandum next monday. japan is expected to provide myanmar with technical support to help improve its airports and seaports and the two countries plan to hold regular vice ministerial meetings to discuss technical assistance. japan is also expected to send civil engineers to myanmar to help with infrastructure projects. >>> the british public broadcaster bbc has agreed to pay a settlement to a former senior politician who it incorrectly implicated in a child abuse scandal. the scandal is one of several that have recently put an unwelcomed spotlight on the british media. >>> earlier this month the bbc documenting program news night broadcast a report on child abuse in children's homes in wales in the 1970s and 1980s. one of the victims claimed in the program that the
is on a historic visit to the southeast nation asian of myanmar. while he is there, mr. obama will be meeting with myanmar's prime minister and the nobel peace prize winning democracy advocate aung san suu kyi. the president will also deliver an address in which he will praise myanmar's progress toward democracy and urge it to make further reforms. myanmar is also known as burma. >>> well, vice president joe biden was much closer to home, getting a firsthand look at the new jersey coastline that, of course, was devastated by superstorm sandy. the vice president toured hard-hit seaside heights and later surveyed damage in hoboken, new jersey. he met with about 50 first responders and receiving a briefing pledging federal support. biden said rebuilding is a, quote, national respondent. >>> we have new developments this morning in the cia sex scandal. a person close to david petraeus' biographer paula broad well says she is devastated by the fallout of her affair with the former cia chief. broadwell is back in the south with her husband and her sons after a week in washington. this is them arriv
for a peaceful resolution in line with international law. >>> japan's prime minister has praised myanmar's rapid reforms. he's offered a development loan worth $600 million. noda met the president on the sidelines. he said myanmar has made steady progress in political reform. he promises to support the country's economic development. >> translator: japan's public and private sectors will both back myanmar's reform effort. >> it will be the first loan in almost 26 years. they will use it to refurbish a power plant. they plan to invest in the commercial economic zone. japan's government will extend the loans in february of next year. they promise to make the country more attractive to foreign investors. >>> expecters in japan are hoping they will be able to shift more of their products to neighboring countries. exporters need any help they can get. >> not only that they are struggling against trade barriers and they are hoping one may be on the way because japan and south china will start trade talks. trade officials from the nations will meet on the sidelines. the delegates are japan strait minis
. >>> now, japan's prime minister has praised myanmar's rapid reforms. and he's offered the country a development loan worth $600 million. yoshihiko noda met thein sein on the sidelines of the summit. myanmar has made steady progress on political reform. he promises to support the economic development. japan's public and private sectors will back reform efforts. it will be the first yen loan in almost 26 years. myanmar's leaders will use it to refurbish a thermal power plant in yangon. japan's government will extend the loans in february next year at the earliest. myanmar's to foreign investors. >>> letting out a small sigh of relief. trade agreement. joins us from the business desk. what's the story here? >> as you know, political tensions have tied up in parts of east asia. and that has affected business activity and trade but now japan, china, and south korea will have free lateral trade talks on tuesday as they put aside recent diplomatic tensions. will meet on the sidelines of the east asia summit in cambodia. the delegates are the trade minister, china's commerce minister, and
that rely on cheap labor are under renewed pressure following the tragedy. the chief justice of myanmar -- was under strict military rule for decades, but since last year, the country has moved toward democracy under the leadership of the president. he delivered a speech in tokyo on wednesday. he stressed the importance of reforming myanmar's judiciary to become an effective check on the government. . >> translator: stopping and reventing corruption is a big challenge for all authorities especially the judiciary. >> noda offered japan's assistance to develop effective legal systems. japan is planning a program to train lawyers from myanmar and help revise its civil code. myanmar's reform government is led by civilians, but the constitution still reserves one-quarter of seats in pal meant for the military. during wednesday's speech, the chief justice said all citizens have the right to equality, freedom and justice. but he stopped short of saying whether the constitution should be changed. >> and that wraps up our bulletin from bangkok. scientists are raising the alarm over another sourc
as myanmar. phil neville previews the trip. >> reporter: president obama is traveling to southeast asia hoping to expand relations with countries in the region. this is his fifth strip to -- trip to asia in four years and centers around a visit to burma. the country's in the process of transitioning from decades of authoritarian rule to a democratic system. secretary of state hillary clinton said burma is a prime example of a formerly militaristic regime changing its ways. >> the cost of economic sanctions and the benefits of rejoining the global economy help spur the government to begin opening up. >> reporter: over the past year, burma introduced sweeping reforms, including holding elections, easing rules and protests, relaxing sensorship and freeing dissidents. the president will meet with the most public figure at her home where she was held under house arrest for more than two decades. >> this is with -- will have very high symbolic significance. under substance itself, it depends on how it goes. he has to strike a balance. >> reporter: but the visit doesn't come without criticism
. >>> president obama is in cambodia this hour and he made a passionate speech to the people in myanmar formerly known as berma. chuck todd is traveling with him and has more on the visit for s us. >> good morning from myanmar, richard. the president left a few hours ago but it was a whirlwind 12 hours he spent here, and it is an amazing story, myanmar and the relationship with the united states. a few years ago a country completely isolated essentially from the world community and now a first-h ever visit from a united states sitting president. barack obama spent time with the current president of this country and also did a little tourism if you l and he was greeted by throngs of locals and schoolchildren were waving flags and the motorcade was at times engulfed in the sea of people. and the president did get time to play a little tourist and went to a famous pagoda here and participated in a ceremony having to do with the buddha that is at this pagoda and then it is on to angsn suu kyu kyi's house. she is the activist who was under house arrest at the very house that the president visited, b
of the fighting. dozens are dead and there's no sign either side is backing down. >>> history making in myanmar. president obama's six-hour visit marks the beginning of a new era. but not everyone is celebrating. >>> and vice president biden tours the battered new jersey shore with a promise of unwavering federal support. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> good morning, christine. good morning, everybody. i'm alina cho. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. thanks so much for being with us on this very, very early monday morning. >> it is early. but up first, the bombings and the bloodshed on the rise in gaza. the last day has been the deadliest. 11 civilians, including four children, killed by an israeli missile that leveled a two-story home in gaza city. there's no letup in sight to the violence. representatives of israel and hamas are in egypt separately for peace talks. hamas issuing its demand for a cease-fire. they want israel to end a long-running military blockade of gaza immediately. the carnage from the last 24 hours, arwa damon is in gaza city. >> reporter: the la
more than 1% in some places on hopes of a resolution on the fiscal cliff. barack obama praises myanmar's shift to democracy in a first ever trip by a serving u.s. president to the country. but he cautions that his trip should not be seen as an endorsement of the country's sgoechlt. and oil futures hitting a two week high as international pressure mounts for a cease-fire in gaza. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon is heading to cairo for emergency negotiations. good morning, welcome to the program packed full of fantastic guests to give you you updates and analysis on where we are in trade. if europe, higher by 0.8%. coming off the 3 1/2 month low that we saw in the close on friday, helped along by optimism on the negotiations to avoid a fiscal cliff state side. we saw quite a rally in the u.s. on friday's close and that is feeding through to europe here this morning. ftse 100 higher by 09%, xetra dax by more than 1% and ibex 35 more than half a percentage point. the bond markets, the question is whether or not we'll see a lid on on bond prices on treasuries especially if we manage to o
visit to myanmar during a tour of neighboring countries. we'll have the latest on his first post election trip and his last one with secretary of state hillary clinton before she steps down. >>> meanwhile, violence continues in the middle east as israel increases attacks in gaza. live reports from there and tel aviv as hopes grow for a mediation effort led by the u.n. attorney general. back at home congressional leaders start a fiscal cliff conversation before a post election vacation. will they have anything to be thankful for when everyone gets back to work and the clock really starts ticking? good morning from washington. it's monday, november 19, 2012, and this is "the daily rundown." no, it's not chuck todd. the president is in cambodia this morning, his final stop on a three nation tour of southeast asia. after wrapping up the first trip to myanmar by a sitting u.s. president, chuck joins us now with the latest on the president's trip. >> well, good morning. i'm here in myanmar, a country that just a few years ago was virtually isolated from the world's community and now a
resistance going. >> brown: president obama makes an historic trip to myanmar. ray suarez looks at the asian country's steps away from a closed military dictatorship. >> woodruff: paul solman reports from the rockaways on new york's long island about insurance woes for victims of hurricane sandy. >> everything you're looking at here is destroyed. this used to be a really beautiful restaurant. >> where is the financing coming from if you don't have flood insurance? >> i don't know. i really don. >> brown: and we close with the first of several conversations we'll have with newly elected senators. tonight: maine independent angus king. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> intel. sponsors of tomorrow. >> the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for
>>> this morning on first look, president obama makes history this morning in myanmar. >>> israeli attacks rock gaza with a palestinian death toll rising as israel seeks to wipe out militants. >>> paula broadwell finally returns home as congress digs deeper into david petraeus's testimony. >>> a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. it is a historic day for president obama and for the people of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house reporter chuck todd has been traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. president obama is the first president to ever visit myanmar. i can tell you it's been a whirlwind day here for the president. the president got here, greeted by throngs of people of this country at times getting very close actually to the motorcade. the first thing he did after he met with the pre
to the 20th. the itinerary includes stops in thailand, cambodia, and myanmar, making him the first u.s. president to visit the formerly reclusive country. nhk world's jun kobayashi has more. >> reporter: just a few years ago, a visit by a u.s. president to myanmar was unthinkable. but that is changing as the former military regime continues reforms following years of isolation. now president obama is set to make a landmark trip to the country, following up on the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton's visit last year. president obama plans to meet with president thein sein and opposition leader aung san suu kyi. the government of myanmar is bolstering democratization and economic reforms. obama's visit could be seen as a sign of approval of the efforts. but he is also expected to encourage politicians to do more to achieve their goals. the u.s. president is also scheduled to attend the east asia summit in cambodia to talk about disputes between china and member countries including vietnam, as the islands in the south china sea likely to be taken up for discussion at the summit. ob
for the future. >>> myanmar's opposition leader aung san suu kyi has called on india to support her country as it moves towards democracy. aung san suu kyi made the call in new delhi, india, on wednesday where she's visiting for the first time in 25 years. she asked india to support the people of myanmar as they continue to strive toward their goal of creating a democratic state. >> as long as our peoples remain bound in understanding and mutual respect, the friendship between our two countries will last far into the future. >> in a speech she cited her own close relationship with india, referring to the period when she lived there. at that time her mother was serving as then burma's ambassador to india. ahead of the lecture she exchanged views with india's prime minister singh about the process of bringing democracy to myanmar. >>> afghanistan produces more than 80% of opium circulating around the world and trade in the drug threatens to destabilize the entire region. politicians from several nations have been meeting in the pakistani capital islamabad to discuss ways to tackle the problem
and neighbor of myanmar and burma, are you certain and do you believe president obama's visit is premature or appropriately timed? thank you? >> well, first of all i think it's important to recognize, david, this is not an endorsement of the burmese government. it's an acknowledgen't there's a process under way inside that country that even a year and a half ago, two years ago nobody foresaw. president hussein is taking steps that move us in a better direction. you have aungi san suu kyi. you've seen prisoners released. there's an articulated commitment for political reform. but i don't think anybody's under the illusion that burma's arrivinged, that they're where they need to be. on the other hand, if we waited to engage until they had achieved a perfect democracy, my suspicion is we'd be waiting an awful long time. and one of the goals of this trip is to highlight the progress that has been made but also to give voice to the much greater progress that needs to be made in the future. so when i address the burmese public as the first president who's ever visited that country, what they'll
traveled with the president to myanmar, the place we used to call burma. he has traveled on to cambodia tonight, chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, before he went to bed, it is daybreak here in cambodia the president spoke to the egyptian president and israeli prime minister, netanyahu getting a firsthand conversation on where they stand in the negotiations. but as you mentioned, the president is wrapping up this three-day trip to southeast asia. of course, the highlight has been the several hours he spent in myanmar, the first american president to be there in the country known as burma. to catch a look at the president, the president was greeted by thousands of locals that lined the streets. including uniformed school children, waving flags for miles. mr. obama made an unannounced stop at a holy site, the center of the religion. there, the president made the ceremonial water pouring. then it was off to the home of aung san kyi, where the nobel prize peace winner lived under house arrest. >> i would like to see president obama in my country, and in my heart. >> repo
diplomatic tour since re-election. the four-day trip will include the first visit to myanmar by a sitting american president. the white house says obama's tour of southeast asia will take place between november 17th and 20th. besides myanmar, the u.s. president will visit thailand and cambodia. obama is scheduled to hold talks with myanmar president thein sein. the talks will likely focus on democratic reforms. he'll also meet with opposition leader aung san suu kyi. in cambodia obama will attend the east asia summit. one of the top items will be territorial disputes over islands in the south china sea involving china, philippines, vietnam among other country. the u.s. administration said last year it should shift its diplomatic and security focus to the asia pacific region. obama will be keen to reassure leaders his position remains unchanged. >>> the united states has launched a protest with iran after several iranian warplanes attacked a u.s. military drone. the pentagon says the attack occurred last thursday in international aerospace over the persian gulf. >> unarmed, unmanned mq 1 m
is with you, i come to extend the hand of friendship. myanmar's remarkable journey has just begun. these are remarkable live pictures that you are looking at at the university of myanmar, as the u.s. president barack obama is making a historic visit to this country. he's the first serving american president to visit myanmar. in the speech, he complimented political change in the country and also focused much of the speech on calling for more political reform. a little bit of a delicate balance he had to make there. looking at pictures too of aung sung suu chi, a pro democracy icon silting alongside the secretary of state, hillary clinton. a short while ago, president obama and hillary clinton had gone to her house. president obama bowed and shook her hand and hillary clinton gave her a huge hug. in the speech, president obama quoted her focusing especially on citizens in myanmar, as well as across asia, saying that fighting fear was really the key to success, economic and political development, and she really is an icon of that. president obama also talked more about reforms, pres
-- myanmar. >> president obama took off for asia on his first overseas trip since winning reelection. he will be attending a summit of asian leaders of the cambodia and stopping in the myanmar where he will meet a fellow nobel laureate. he cannot escape the looming crisis in the middle east. >> we are one step short of an all out ground operation in the dots that. >> israel has deadlyl attacks with hamas. or risk taking the nation over fiscal cliff that could imperil the economy. susan rice and her statements about the day attack in benghazi and whether they make are unfit to serve as secretary of state. david petraeus was not talking about a sex scandal that is still sending shock waves through the capital. for the peasant -- president, no vacation after a busy week. >> there is no let up in the air battle between israelis and palestinian militants in gaza. 160 rockets launched into israel today, including two targets in libya. the official said 46 palestinians and three israelis have been killed so far in this for a fight. estelle was missouri man confessed of plotting to shoot a scree
-- >> myanmar. >> it is wrong. >> stephanie: where the president is. >> there's no such thing as myanmar -- >> stephanie: i'm just saying -- >> myanmar. >> stephanie: pictures of the american president. people with happy faces we love you mr. president. stuffed animals. [ applause ] >> do you want to hear what -- >> stephanie: george bush shoes. >> want to hear what president obama said in asia? myanmar. how hard is that? >> stephanie: i think jacki schechner had to use siri this morning. >> it is mar and i not me and mar. >> me and bill maher. >> obama: the united states is and always will be a pacific nation as the fastest-growing region in the world, the asia pacific will shape so much of our security and prosperity in the century ahead and it is critical to creating jobs and opportunity for the american people. >> stephanie: yeah! >> president doing some presidenting. [ applause ] >> he's trying to cover up for the whole scandal. >> stephanie: right. that's why he's over there. we're just r
is continuing between buddhists and minority mud limbs in myanmar. now the u.n.'s refugee agency is calling for law and order so they can bring aid to those affected by the conflict. the agency says more than 28,000 people have been forced out of their homes in the e latest wave of fighting. it's clearly urgent that law and order be restored so that violence can be prevented and so that access is facilitated for aid to be delivered to those in need. >> the latest outbreak of violence between buddhists and muslims in the state of rakine has continued since october 21st. the local government says that at least 84 people have been killed. the conflict first erupted earlier this year after a group of muslims allegedly assaulted a buddhist woman. the united nations is suppes trefugees in the cy area. >> the camps in and around sitwe are already hosting most of the 75,000 people who remain displaced in the wave of violence that broke out in june this year. with a new influx these already crowded camps are being stretched beyond capacity in terms of space, shelter, and basic supplies. >> meanwhile
cities. >>> a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit central myanmar killing four people. the u.s. jigeological survey sa the quake occurred on sunday. it says the epicenter was about 110 kilometers north of manda y mandalay, the second largest city. it was nearly 10 kilometers deedee deep. officials said some building are damaged. a bridge under construction has collapsed leaving one person dead and four unaccounted for. the missing include construction workers. >>> the opposition candidates in south korea's presidential election have agreed to draft a joint pledge for economic and foreign policies. the move is part of their plan to field a single candidate. the democratic united party candida candidates disclosed the drafts as different venues. >> translator: i will ask them to talk to with the details about the policy as soon as possible. >> translator: we will discuss ways to field a single candidate to realize a change of government. that is what the people want. >> moon and ahne held a phone conference, and agreed to sbree grate their campaign processes and begin talks on how to choose a
relations with america's allies. monday the first sitting u.s. president to visit myanmar. brian moore has the story. >> randy: president obama took off for asia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election. attending a summit in cambodia and stopping in myanmar where he will meet opposition leader and fellow nobel laureate . >> i think we are one step short of an all out ground operation in gaza. >> israel, and deadly attacks on hamas. the president is trying to make peace with congressional republicans at home. they have until december 31st to compromise on tax cuts and spending. or risk taking the nation over the fiscal cliff that could imperil the economy. meanwhile, law makers are waging partisan battles over u.n. ambassador susan wright. whether it makes her unfit to serve as secretary of state. hearings, brought david petraeus out of seclusion. he wasn't talking about the sex scandal that is sending shock waves through the capital. for the president, post election trip, but no vocation after a busy week. brian mohr, nbc news, washington. >> in the bay area, a storm headed ou
into the future. >> reporter: tomorrow the president makes an historic visit to myanmar, a country that just a few years ago was isolated from the world community. president obama defended the trip as some human rights advocates say it's coming too soon. >> this is not an endorsement of the bermese government, this is an acknowledgement that there is a process underway inside that country. >> reporter: on his last trip with the outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton, president obama expects to meet with leaders again. the two reflected on it during their visit to the monastery. after myanmar, it's off to cambodia. >>> meanwhile back here at home, much of the focus here in washington remains on controversy on what happened in gaza. >> reporter: on "meet the press," firm denials on benghazi from a top democrat. >> was there a cover-up? do you believe that the president or anybody serving the president deliberately misled the true nature of this attack for political reasons? >> no. >> reporter: former cia director david petraeus left no doubt in his testimony on friday. he said all along that th
to visit myanmar. the thailand the president tried to assure critics his visit is not an endorsement of the government but acknowledgment of a process that few saw coming. myanmar, firmerly known as burma, is moving towards democracy. >> just ahead, a special honor at the white house for some bay area teens. plus, hot says -- sales for the latest video to hit the market. >> more rain is ahead for the holiday week. >> leigh: leg has the forecast. >> i'm mike shumann and feelingg the raiders' pain, the saints were in pound and -- >> ama: the biggest names in music are hitting the stage for the 40th annual american music awards and you can see the big event right here on abc-7. [shouting] >> ama: over here! no doubt the red carpet event was parade of big names. other classic artists are part of the show at the nokia theater. taylor swift, and justin bieber. catch the american music awards right here at 8:00. >> young adults from an oakland based nonprofit youth program are in washington, dc to receive a press steamous award from first lady michelle obama. it is the arts arts and humanit
with secretary of the city hillary clinton. the president arrived from myanmar where he addressed students. mr. obama is the first sitting u.s. president to visit myanmar and encouraged the country to continue its transition towards democracy. >>> hearing will focus on muni's performance and maintenance, buses, trains and light rail are suffering from poor maintenance, lack of investment and most of all, issues with reliability. in august muni had an on-time rate of 57%. muni is considering a 6 1/2 million dollar plan give free rides to students. weiner says the money should be used to improve reliability. >>> workers at port of oakland planning 24 hour strike beginning 9:00 tonight they've again 16 months without a new contract. the union says port management is demanding cuts, throw it has a surplus of 37 million dollars. the strike is set to kickoff at the airport terminal. >> union nurses planning a 24 hour strike against a number of hospitals. the 7th strike since september of last year, second this month over a long standing contract dispute the one-day strikes usually a lock-out of four
to visit myanmar. also known as beer ma. >> i can tell you we always remain hopeful about the people of this country. about you. you gave us hope and we bore witness to your courage. >> while in myanmar he also met withon song seiche. she spent years under house arrest. he s she is now a member of parliament. >>> 4:33. the cross border attacks continue between israel and gaza despite international peace efforts. at least 84 palestinians have been killed by israeli air strikes over the last few days. and hamas militants continue to fire rockets into israel. most of which are intercepted by the iron dome defense system. >> when are the israelis going to understand the only way out of this conflict is to resolve it through political means once and all by ending their occupation and allowing the palestinian people to be independent and free. >> total equation here is relatively simple if if israel will be -- if israel will have peace and quiet and then in gaza it will also be quiet. >> israel has 75,000 troops on stand by ready to launch a ground invasion into gaza. u.n. secretary genera
before he arrived in cambodia. he became the first sitting u.s. president to visit myanmar. obama praised the country's transition to democracy, but he called for more reforms. obama met with president thein sein. he referred to the nation for the first time in public as myanmar. the name made official by the military. the u.s. government usually calls it burma. >> i shared with president thein sein our belief that the process of reform that he is taking is one that will move the country forward. >> local people lined the streets waving u.s. flags to welcome the american president. obama then met longtime democracy activist aung san suu kyi at her home. >> i'm proud to be the first american president to visit this spectacular country. we've seen some very encouraging progress. >> we are working to success for our people and for the friendship between our two countries. >> some human rights activists called the visit premature, but obama said they should take the opportunity to encourage what he called the better impulses in the country. >>> israeli leaders are being bombarded with interna
landmark visit to myanmar, now marching towards democracy. lisa stark reports. >> reporter: president obama became the first u.s. president to visit the country of myanmar in a quick stop over that included meetings with the president and a nobel peace prize winner who spent years under house arrest. thousands of burmese filled the streets as president obama joined by hillary clinton paid a personal call on suu kyi. -- at the university the president addressed critics who complained the u.s. has rushed too soon to avoid leaders here. the white house says the trip should not be viewed as a victory celebration but as an opportunity to press for urgent actions still needed there, especially freeing political prisoners and ending ethic tension. >> the president: you need to reach for a future where national security is strengthed by a military that serves uncivilians. >> reporter: it wasn't all diplomacy. he made a tourist stop at one of the oldest most revered sites in buddhism. president obama barefoot, as is required, poured cups of water over the showed -- over the shoulder of a by due. pre
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